Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"So, how is the store coming along?"

"How is the store coming?"
This question I get asked almost every single day. Especially this last weekend at the Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival (which can I just say was totally awesome fun-ness). I always think to myself whether or not I should say what I really have been up to because the behind the scene stuff can be kind of mind dumbing.  Nobody wants to hear about the little things that happen day to day that contribute to the overall journey.
-Applied for a liquor license.
-Researched POS equipment. 
-Compared shelving/displays. 
-Visited a suppliers warehouse. 
-Opened the bank account. 
-Talk to the Washington State Department of Agriculture/Liquor Control Board/ Business Licensing.

This is what I've been up to all while keeping my day job. 
Here I am at Real Foods!
I love samples. I have learned so much about food, and preparation of food. Who would have known that ONE factory does private labeling for so many stores… at almost ruined the culinary magic for me, almost. 
Next stop, Charlie's Produce. Huge selection of Organic Produce, which I am THRILLED about!

Today however was different. Today I got some excellent news. I received a letter in the mail from the hearings examiner from the City of Gig Harbor that granting me permission for the conditional use permit (drive thru) and acceptance regarding the non conforming structure and the Major Site Plan review was well, reviewed?! and we can now move forward and submit building plans. TODAY WAS HUGE! 

Here are some renderings of what the Design Review Board and Hearing Examiner are supporting.

Backside. Drive thru.

Here's me celebrating the news with a mug of wine! 
Thanks for all the support and encouragement, and I hope next time I get asked about "how the store is coming" I can give you some more exciting updates.